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City bonds

for climate-smart cities

Sustainable investing is booming, unlocking adoption of clean technologies, scaling up social enterprises and accelerating the transition to low carbon economies. Research shows that bonds support a holistic view of sustainable cities. The project, researchers, private sector and local authorities, will accelerate investment in viable cities by co-creating a sustainable city bond framework:

  1. review impact frameworks and metrics, and co-create framework for impact investing, focusing on sustainable cities;
  2. lead in the engagement of stakeholders to understand needs and priorities for sustainable cities;
  3. mobilize the supply and demand side of the market to ensure that sustainable financing supports a holistic view of sustainable cities.

With a blueprint for integrating social and climate impact metrics in sustainable city bonds, the project aim to leverage the proceed pre-screening, monitoring and reporting steps to mobilize capital flows for sustainability.


  • Project leader: Fedra Vanhuyse, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Partners: SEI, Scandinavian Clean Technologies Group AB, Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research Foundation.
  • Total budget: SEK 6 000 000
  • Grant requested: SEK 3 000 000
  • Start date: 2019-11-22 
  • End date: 2022-10-31
  • Type of action: Research
  • Keywords: Sustainable finance, holistic city view, co-creation with authorities and investors